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Kudos0

Help opening a file

Hi I am recently moved my book that I am working on using Blurb Booksmart to thumb drive to save space on my computer. I am using a Dell 1545 laptop running Windows 7 and yes I know this is considered an antique in the computer world, but can't afford anything newer at the moment. When I go to open the program from the thumb drive it says file extension not found. I know Blurb Booksmart uses either a .bookexport file or BookSmart.exe. Anyway, I still have it on my computer and can open it fine from there, just not from the thumb drive. I need to know if there is a safe place to download the file so that I can open it from the thumb drive. Please let me know if you need additional information. I admit I am not very smart about computer related matters so I am apologizing in advance if I don't understand your question or something. I do appreciate any help that can be offered.

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Kudos0

Re: Help opening a file

Hello Laura,

This reminds me of when i thought i had transferred all of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Version 11 over to my flash, however, the program would not launch.  A critical file was missing, and, i no longer had access to the CD - - which i guess it could not work independent from.      

With respect to your situation, perhaps you have to fully download the entire program to your flash in order for your files to open or have a CD of the program present in the drive?  I guess another aspect is, would your flash drive be large enough to accommodate the program?  Could it be the case that it is outmoded?  According to the Website: https://support.blurb.com/hc/en-us/articles/207795666-Download-and-install-BookSmart they are recommending that users utilize their latest tool: BookWright.  To be honest, i think it’s just that your files cannot open without the full program being detected.  Another example that comes to my mind is instances where i had MovieMaker files and label files (that would work with Brother P-Touch i believe) residing on my flash drive, however, they would not be recognized without that specific software on my system. 

I attempted to download their software to examine it for viruses, however, they were forcing me to register, and, i really don’t want to register for one more thing.  I guess the assurance is that Safe Web has deemed blurb.com safe AND the WOT Web of Trust has given a high reputational score for Blurb.  Although i have my gripes with download.cnet.com, at least i don’t have to register to download from there. 

Although i’m trying to help with this answer, i apologize if i’m groping in the proverbial dark.  I have not personally used this program, i guess for any “ambitious” projects (if the feeling is right) (laughs) i have utilized Microsoft Publisher. 

Regards,

H.B. 

P.S.- Windows 7 is a great operating system, i wish i still had my Win 7 setup versus my current Win 10 that seems to crash every other week.  This is the first time i moved to an AMD Ryzen processor versus Intel, perhaps, the instability lies there….      

Kudos0

Re: Help opening a file

Hi Laura Shulse 214:

I'm not familiar with Blurb Booksmart, but see the instructions in the Blurb support article Back up, move, transfer, or share your BookSmart books about exporting / importing .bookexport backup files.  That method would be appropriate if you want to make a backup copy of your book for emergency recovery just in case you accidentally delete or corrupt the working copy of your book.

If you use the File > Export > Export Book Project (or Export/Backup Book or Create Book Archive) to create a .bookexport file on your USB thumb drive (note the warning in that support article not to use special characters like #, $ or ! in the book file name) then you should be able to import that backup file into BookSmart by choosing Import a Book from the More Options menu when you start BookSmart (or choose File > Import Book Project) and then browse to the location of the .bookexport file that was saved your thumb drive.

Instead of import / exporting your book, it sounds like you want to permanently change the default location where BookSmart saves your files from your main hard drive over to your USB thumb drive - see the support article Change the location of your BookSmart data folder for instructions. Just note the warning in that support article that if you permanently move the location of your BookSmart library to an external USB drive then that external drive must always be connected before starting BookSmart.

All this assumes that the main BookSmart program is installed and running on your main hard drive.  There are some special executable .exe files that can be run from a thumb drive called portable (or standalone) programs, but in most cases desktop application like BookSmart will only run if the program is installed on your hard drive where your Windows operating system is located.  That's because the main executable BookSmart.exe requires other files (e.g., .sys, .dll, etc.) and Windows registry entries to function correctly.

Kudos0

Re: Help opening a file

Laura Shulse 214:

Hi I am recently moved my book that I am working on using Blurb Booksmart to thumb drive to save space on my computer. I am using a Dell 1545 laptop running Windows 7 ...

Hi Laura Shulse 214:

...and further to my previous post, if you do decide to move your BookSmart data folder and start saving your files on a USB thumb drive, make sure that your emergency .bookexport backup files are exported to a different physical drive (e.g., your computer's hard drive or another external USB drive).  As a general rule, you don't want working files and emergency backups saved to the same drive just in case you loose your thumb drive, some buggy Windows update corrupts your USB drivers and disables your USB ports, or your hard drive crashes.

If your only concern is that you're running out of free disk space on your Win 7 computer you could try running the built-in Windows Disk Cleanup utility (Start button | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disk Cleanup) to delete unnecessary files (e.g., .tmp files left behind after software updates) that are cluttering up your hard drive.  See the MS support article Tips to Free Up Drive Space on Your PC and the wikiHow tutorial How to Free up Disk Space (Windows 7) for other suggestions.

Kudos0

Re: Help opening a file

Thanks